Category Archives: Diamonds By Raymond Lee

Layering Necklaces

I love layering necklaces. Back in the olden days before I had a toddler I usually wore two at a time. Much to my delight they’re still going strong out there among fashionistas who don’t face a minute-by-minute risk of garroting if they wear them. And while there’s a few different approaches to layering necklaces (long lariat + dainty pendant, choker + pendant, pendant + pendant, etc.) I like the small, delicate touches best. They’re my favorite way to add a little symbolism – your kids’ initials, your birthstone, your husband’s anniversary gift to you – or even a way Read More →

Champagne Diamond Rings For The New Year!

The new year is here! And good riddance to 2016. Hopefully by now your champagne hangover has subsided. If it hasn’t, I am here with a little of the hair of the dog that bit you. Champagne diamonds, by their strictest definition, are those graded by GIA as “Fancy yellowish brown.” This means they fall on the fancy color spectrum and their predominant hue is brown, but with yellow undertones. Those fancy brown diamonds with orange undertones are considered “cognac” diamonds, euphemistically. The term chocolate diamond is a proprietary name for brown diamonds. Contrary to some belief, these diamonds aren’t Read More →

Big Engagement Rings Are Tacky?

Did you say big engagement rings are tacky? Oh, sorry I thought I misheard you – I was quite distracted by my own reflection in the enormo table facet on this rock I’m rocking currently. Perhaps I intended to mishear you. Because A. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life and B. we’ve discussed this already. You know I love you, but tackiness is in the eye of the beholder. I know women who just abhor emerald cuts, which I always considered above reproach. But one of my friends described them as “Dynasty-level 80’s relics.” She’s wrong, clearly, because Read More →

Best Ring Designs for…Round Diamonds!

Today I’m starting a new column about the best ring designs. I hope to show off some of the most fabulous ways for you to show off your dream diamond. It’s all about the setting…so that the end result is all about your rock, you know? With the right supporting engagement ring setting, your center diamond (or morganite, aquamarine, sapphire, etc.) remains the center of attention – which is exactly what you want when it comes to the best ring designs. Today let’s chat about round brilliant diamonds and the best ring designs for showing off this particular diamond. If Read More →

Halo or No Halo Engagement Ring? That’s The Question

If you’re getting ready to pop the question, you might be wondering if you should shop for a halo or no halo engagement ring. First of all, my friend, you need to start here. You gotta figure out: How to get the perfect engagement ring. How to get a great deal on it. (And extra credit) Why you should shop for a diamond, not a certificate. Now that you’ve met your core requirements, you can start stalking her Pinterest boards or going back through all the rings she’s tagged you in on Instagram. Ideally, you’ll begin to notice a theme. Read More →